The inaugural launching of the new Ministry, Grandparents and the Elderly, took place at St. Joseph Church on 08 October during the 9.30 am mass. The theme of the event was “His mercy is from age to age”, based on Luke 1:50. The objective of this ministry is to recognize the importance of grandparents and the elderly in society and their role in transmitting life experiences and faith to the younger generation.
The mass was led by Monsignor James Ghanapiragasam and was enriched by the active participation of the grandparents and elders. The ceremony marked the official launch of the Grandparents and Elderly (GEM) Ministry, which will be overseen by the Archdiocese Family Life Commission.
Pope Francis, in his message, emphasized the vital role that grandparents and the elderly play in bridging the gap between generations. He highlighted their ability to pass on wisdom and faith to the younger ones. The ministry is, therefore, a means to honour and uplift the elderly in the community.
Following the mass, a fellowship gathering was held, where Mr. Anthony Joseph (92 years old) and Madam Luis Joseph Mary Joseph (82 years old) cut a cake to commemorate the occasion. During the event, Abigail (a Form 3 student) and Sasha Gabriella (a Standard 5 student) from the Catechetical Ministry delivered a message highlighting the roles and responsibilities of grandparents and the elderly. Their speech aimed to raise awareness and foster appreciation for the contributions made by the grandparents and elders.
Additionally, Sisters June and Muriel delivered a speech on behalf of the grandparents, expressing their gratitude and sharing their experiences. The event was organized by an ad-hoc committee, led by Brother Michael Pereira, who ensured the smooth execution of all activities and logistics. Brother Michael in his message thanked our Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Frederick Joseph and Monsignor James Ghanapiragasam for initiating the GEM Ministry.
By Gabriel Moses.
Photo Album (by Edwin Francis Xavier & Felicia Samnese)